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Ludwick rounds the bases
San Diego went looking for a bat at the trade deadline last season, and landed power hitting Ryan Ludwick from the St. Louis Cardinals. While not providing the pop San Diego had hoped for, Ludwick's presence in the line up enabled the Padres to make a solid ruin at the NL West pennant.
"Clubber" has hit 101 lifetime home runs, but will find that 81 games at Petco will challenge his ability to make that number grow. Where Ludwick can really help is by hitting for power on the road.
The Padres have lacked a true home run threat, barring rookie Kyle Blanks of course, for years
( ok Adrian Gonzalez too).Out of Sight, Out of mind...
A few power hitters have come and gone, notably Milton Bradley who punched his own ticket out of town when he tore up his knee arguing a call.
20 dingers is not out of the question for Ludwick, along with 80 RBI. The Padres need Ludwick's bat in good working order to make a run in 2011.